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					TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

                                                                        Tourism has also seen West Coast towns transform so that they can
Tasmania’s West Coast and its people have been vital to the             accommodate visitors from every part of the globe.
economic and social progress of Tasmania over the last 150 years.
                                                                        Tasmania is rich in natural resources and on the West coast we have
The Coast’s ruggedness landscape has bred a particular resilience       a well-established mining industry that is a pillar of the Tasmanian
and independence in West Coasters that is unique.                       economy.

From the region’s can-do attitude has sprung an economy of              Mining is a mainstay of the West Coast economy but it is also an
resource-based industries in mining, forestry and hydro-electricity –   integral part of the broader Tasmanian economy. Downstream
industries that have been central to Tasmania’s economic                processing also employs people in every part of the state.
development.
                                                                        Communities and families across Tasmania, from Queenstown to
They continue to drive development on the West Coast and create         Beaconsfield, and from Burnie to Hobart, rely on this important
many jobs for Tasmanians.                                               resource industry. It provides creates wealth, fosters businesses and
                                                                        provides jobs.
The West Coast’s advantages are remarkable and they have been
pivotal in Tasmania’s recent tourism growth.                            The mining industry represents over 45 per cent of Tasmania’s
                                                                        export income and is the largest export income generator.
Under Labor, the stunning West Coast environment and its rich
aboriginal and convict heritage has been showcased to the world.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

The mining sector:
                                                                         Investments such as that at Roseberry and exploration in the North-
        employs around 2300 people, representing almost 1% of the        East demonstrate how Labor is supporting mining communities,
        state’s workforce; and                                           creating confidence in our mining sector and building a strong
        represents $481 million, or 13.3 % of Tasmanian overseas         Tasmania.
        exports.
                                                                         Labor is committed to the West Coast and its people and will
Despite the global economic downturn, the Tasmanian mining sector        continue to support businesses and industries in the region. This will
remained relatively stable; although, as with other states and           deliver jobs for West Coast people and boost its communities.
territories, some mineral exploration has slowed.
                                                                         We will invest in infrastructure that will support the West Coast’s
                                                                         key sectors of mining and tourism. We will invest in health and
Labor’s strong economic and financial management has ensured our
                                                                         human services that support West Coast communities.
mining and minerals sector have endured rigors of the GFC.
                                                                         Labor will continue to listen to West Coast people – its local
Because of Labor’s action, there have been positive opportunities
                                                                         government, its business and community groups and its individual
for companies prepared to invest in mining and exploration projects
                                                                         residents.
during this downturn.
                                                                         It is with Labor that the West Coast will have a vibrant, confident
Labor has strongly assisted ongoing mineral exploration in Tasmania      and ongoing economic future.
by investing in the crucial data that is supplied by Mineral Resources
Tasmania.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

WHAT LABOR WILL DO FOR YOU                                               Labor will provide $21 million over three years to undertake
                                                                         important upgrades along the Murchison Highway. Works will
                                                                         include:
WEST COAST ROADS
                                                                                 slow vehicle turnouts, sealing of passing locations,
                                                                                vegetation clearance, improved road surfacing at Mt Black;
                                                                                and

                                                                                upgrades between the Anthony Main Road and Cradle
                                                                                Mountain to provide a wider pavement areacurve
                                                                                improvements, slow vehicle turnouts, pavement
                                                                                strengthening, safety barrier improvements, improvements
                                                                                to sight lines, signage and linemarking.
Safe and reliable transport links are vital for the West Coast to meet
increasing freight demand and tourist and general traffic.

The Murchison Highway is the primary freight, tourist and general
access route between the North West and West Coast.

Labor will undertake work on the Murchison Highway to provide
significant safety benefits, and will ensure it is strengthened to
adequately cater for forecast growth in freight traffic.
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CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Henty Main Road – Strahan Esplanade                                  Western Tasmanian Industry Corridor Study

                                                                     Labor will establish a peak stakeholder group to develop a Western
                                                                     Tasmanian Industry Corridor Study.

                                                                     The Study will look at the Western Tasmanian Industry Transport
                                                                     Corridor and consider the immediate and future infrastructure
                                                                     requirements of the region including road, rail, ports, water, energy
                                                                     and telecommunications.

The West Coast Council has commenced works on stage 1 of an          Labor will provide $250,000 to support this study.
upgrade of the Esplanade. The work will include road sealing,
kerbing, retaining wall, and drainage.

The Esplanade is currently a State owned road, however discussions   TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
have commenced with Council on road exchanges.
                                                                     Lake Margaret Power Station

                                                                     Labor will provide $250,000 to fund a full feasibility study and
                                                                     business case into the tourism potential of the Lake Margaret site.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

The Lake Margaret site consists of the power station, nine dwellings,   COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE
a hall and a number of walking tracks.
                                                                        The West Coast community will benefit from Labor’s commitment to
The feasibility study will consider the investment costs and            local infrastructure including cycleways and community facilities.
implications of:
                                                                        Cycleways have many benefits for communities. They encourage
        day use activities;                                             healthy, active lifestyles and build on Tasmania’s reputation as an
                                                                        outstanding nature-based tourism and adventure destination. They
        upgrading the road to acceptable standards for general          also provide an alternative mode of transport for local residents,
        public vehicle access;                                          combating rising fuel costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

                                                                        Labor will provide $1 million over three years to support three key
        providing basic infrastructure (water, sewer, power) for any
                                                                        cycleway projects.
        overnight use or high levels of day use;

        upgrading or conversion of the existing buildings to income-    These projects will create local employment and build on existing
        generating visitor use;                                         job creation projects currently being undertaken by the West Coast
                                                                        Council.
        upgrading the haulage way as a visitor attraction to reach
        the top of the penstock; and                                    These projects will build growing connections within the West Coast
                                                                        community, allowing access to services, improving health and
        the marketing of the Lake Margaret experience.                  wellbeing and providing opportunities for growth in tourism.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

Anzac Park to Regatta Point - $500,000                                      and Information Network Centre (LINC) being built in the town
                                                                            centre.
A new cycleway from Anzac Park to Regatta Point will promote the
health and wellbeing of locals as well as provide an enjoyable ride
for the many thousands of tourists that visit Strahan each year.
                                                                            Rosebery and Zeehan SES Buildings - $100,000

South Roseberry to Main St - $175,000                                       Labor will commit to support the upgrades of the Rosebery and
                                                                            Zeehan SES buildings.
This cycleway would also form part of a tourist walk that takes in
approximately 800 metres of West Coast wilderness and the Stitt
River Water Falls. The wilderness walk and waterfalls have both             Upgrades to Rosebery Sports Stadium - $113,000
been upgraded in recent years and this path would complete a loop
that finishes in the main street of Strahan. It will lead tourists to the   Labor will provide funding for urgent works at the Rosebery Sports
local shopping precinct after they have completed the walk.                 Stadium including repairs to the floor and exterior re-cladding. The
                                                                            building is currently in need of this urgent attention or use may have
                                                                            to be restricted.
South Queenstown (High School) to LINC - $375,000

This project will connect the Queenstown High School and a part of
the community where many young families live to the new Learning
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CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

WEST COAST HEALTH

Labor recognizes that the West Coast’s combination of a remote
location with a dispersed population and heavy industry mean that
accessible health services are crucial.

Tasmania’s Health Plan – delivered by Labor – is all about making
health services safe and sustainable, by designing innovative
solutions to meet community needs, in consultation with                Labor will provide $2.1million over three years to design and deliver
communities.                                                           innovative health workforce solutions in partnership with the West
                                                                       Coast Council and local community.

                                                                       These solutions will include the recruitment of extra GPs and nurse
                                                                       practitioners to deliver outreach health services such as Strahan and
                                                                       Zeehan. The profile of these services will be determined in
                                                                       consultation with community members and key stakeholders,
                                                                       particularly the West Coast Council.

Labor will ensure accessible health services for the community. That   Because of Labor, West Coast communities will have more flexible
guarantee is not dependent on the future of mining activity at
                                                                       and sustainable health care; additional GP services including
Rosebery and will be funded up to $250,000 p.a.
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CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

incentive payments to attract and retain more GPs to the West            Critically, it means less travel for specialist care for patients on the
Coast. Labor will work with the West Coast Council to deliver real       West Coast.
solutions, based on innovative service design, to deliver sustainable
                                                                         Optic fibre will allow revolutionary e-Health for those who live on
health services for the people of the West Coast.
                                                                         the West Coast. Vital medical signs can be observed around the
                                                                         clock by medical professionals, without a patient have to leave their
                                                                         own home.

                                                                         It’s about health and human services that enable the full living of
                                                                         life, without the restrictions of 24 hour monitoring in a hospital.

                                                                         Access to telehealth facilities also means that doctors, nurses and
                                                                         other health professionals can keep in contact with their peers, and
                                                                         participate in on-line training and skills development. That’s an
Labor will work in partnership with Telstra and the West Coast           important incentive to recruiting and retaining health professionals
Council to deliver e-health solutions so that West Coast communities     in rural and remote areas.
can access specialist medical services close to home. Digital medical
imaging is already in use in some parts of the State – for example, in   Labor will commit $1.3 million over three years to this initiative, to
the Southern Highlands telehealth facilities mean that community         enable training, infrastructure and system development in
nurses can access records and clinical advice by mobile phone while      conjunction with the National Broad Band rollout to get specialist
caring for patients in remote areas.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

care closer to where people live and to increase support for our          Some of the highest level of expenditure in mining exploration that
health professionals caring for people in remote communities.             Tasmania has seen has resulted from work completed by Mineral
                                                                          Resources Tasmania to promote Tasmania prior to the Global
New technologies are the key to better patient care and more              recession. There was a 26% increase in expenditure in 2007 alone on
flexible use of the skills and experience of our clinicians, nurses and   the previous year’s expenditure.
other health professionals. The West Coast is an ideal area for a
demonstration project for these technologies.                             New opportunities for Tasmania have opened up because Labor has
                                                                          undertaken pre-competitive work that is not possible for private
                                                                          enterprise to undertake.




Investment by Labor has made sure that, despite the global
economic down-turn, we have been well-placed to encourage                 Labor will provide additional funding of $2.4 million to Mineral
mining investment in our state.                                           Resources Tasmania over the next four years to undertake a New
                                                                          Initiative Geoscience Project.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

This project will deliver a total 3D geoscience model of the State, by   WHAT LABOR IS DOING ALREADY
extending the coverage of the State using modern remote sensing
techniques.                                                              Labor has a strong record on infrastructure on the West Coast.
                                                                         Labor has:

                                                                                provided $500,000 for urban renewal projects in Rosebery
                                                                                and Queenstown;
                                                                                contributed $50,000 for essential maintenance of Mt Lyell
                                                                                General Office
                                                                                funded an integrated child and family centre, learning and
                                                                                information centre and Service Tasmania shop in
                                                                                Queenstown for almost $4 million. This Queenstown Hub
Labor will provide funding of $500,000 to ensure that Mineral                   will integrate community education and training programs,
Resources Tasmania can market the potential of Tasmania’s rich                  library facilities and community services in a ‘one-stop shop’
mining endowment. It is through investments like this and through               for the local community;
responsible and experienced economic management that Labor will                 committed $11.2 million for upgrade to West Coast Mines
build a strong Tasmania.                                                        Rail;
                                                                                provided ongoing support for the West Coast Wilderness
                                                                                Railway;
                                                                                funded ongoing support of over $5 million for management
                                                                                of the World Heritage Area;
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CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

    spent $2 million on upgrades at Rosebery District High             West Coast emergency services have been boosted with a
    School;                                                            new ambulance and a second paramedic at Queenstown
    delivered $750,000 on Cradle Mountain Park Infrastructure;         Labor will deliver $36 million over four years for a new
    contributed $1.5 million under the Local Government                Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Tasmania, which
    Infrastructure Assistance Program to undertake urban               will benefit remote communities such as the West Coast by
    renewal projects;                                                  providing higher level clinical care at the emergency site and
    provided $400,000 for upgrades to Corinna Road;                    more rapid transfer to hospital for specialist care
    funded $200,000 for the Iron Blow Lookout Tourism
    redevelopment;                                                  Labor has contributed significantly to Tasmania’s mining
                                                                    industry. Labor has:
    given $75,000 for the Spray Tunnel car park redevelopment;

 Labor has already delivered more health services for the West         committed $5 million over 4 years for the acquisition of new
 Coast. Labor has:                                                     data on the North East of Tasmania as part of the Tas
                                                                       Explore Project as well as additional funds to promote the
    delivered 14% growth in State health funding for the West          exploration opportunities in the State
    Coast in the past two financial years – from $7,230,568 in         promoted Tasmania’s rich mineral potential. The work
    2007/08 to $8,257,902 in 2008/09                                   completed by Mineral Resources Tasmania prior to the
    provided $800,000 to upgrade the Rosebery Community                Global Economic downturn saw some of the highest levels of
    Health Centre                                                      expenditure that Tasmania has seen, with a 26% increase in
    delivered $9 million for the new West Coast District Hospital      expenditure in 2007 alone on the previous year’s
    at Queenstown                                                      expenditure
    Upgraded the Zeehan Community Health Centre
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

  invested over $16 million in partnership with the Australian
  Government, to develop new geophysical and geological
  information, including the TIGER geoscientific information
  system, accessible worldwide via the internet
  established West Coast Economic Development Group to
  address discuss the impact of the global financial crisis on
  the mining industry and the broader West Coast community
  and
  taken decisive action, such as ensuring the future of rail
  services, to support investment in this important industry.
TASMANIA’S WEST COAST
CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COMMUNITIES

FINANCIAL INFORMATION


West Coast Roads                                 West Coast Health

Upgrades to Murchison Highway         $21.6M     Rosebery Health Centre                  750,000

                                                 Innovative Health Workforce Solutions   2.1M

West Coast Tourism                               E-Health Solutions                      1.3M

Lake Margaret Tourist Redevelopment   $250,000
                                                 West Coast Industry and Mining

West Coast Community Infrastructure              New Geoscience Project                  2.4M

Cycleways                             $1.05M     Mine Marketing                          500,000

SES Building Zeehan and Rosebery      $100,000   Industry Corridor Study                 250,000

Rosebery Sports Stadium               $113,000
                                                 Total                                   30.4M

				
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